My friend Maggie recently gave me a jar of buttons that she got at an estate sale. I dumped them out on the bead table last night when I was fishing around my head for some inspiration.
I have played around with some buttons in my designs before, mostly handmade ceramic buttons from Marsha Neal and Nancy of Round Rabbit.
I picked out the prettiest colors, and the smallest buttons and as I was lining them up on the table, my head started spinning.
I also became inspired by my friend Tara. Tara makes jewelry too and just started selling on Etsy. You can see her pieces here. Tara likes to use a lot of antique buttons, and found
objects and old keys.
The piece I created ended up quite Spring season in colors. Light gray pearls and pastel buttons. But I think they lend well to the pretty bird pendant that is Bronze metal clay and made by my friends at Green Girl Studios.
I started wire wrapping the pearls and when I got the point where I wanted the buttons to start I took a bit of break...not knowing how I would attach the buttons.
I moved onto the clasp. I knew I wanted to make the clasp with a large shell button that reminds me of pretty abalone beads.
Here is the back of the button. You can see I thread the wire through the two holes in the button and then fashioned them into a sort of S style clasp.
I used a similar technique when I made it back to the button section. Threading the wire through the two holes in the buttons, I bent the wire out and thread onto it one copper round on each side, and wire wrapped the remaining wire, linking them all together. I am quite pleased with the outcome! I think it's a unique use of buttons and I like the feel it has with the brass wire.
I really surprised myself with this necklace design. I think it might be a keeper. But I might decide to submit it to some publications also. You just never know!
I would consider taking a custom order or two so if you want a similar piece, just let me know!